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#321 Offline Peri

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Posted Feb 23 2019 - 12:44 PM

 

 

Fixed a passage that had been changed in the first chapter of Book 1 (right after "Near it he saw several components lying in the sand"): in the original text, Tahu finds his sword in two pieces, but the compilation text had been modified to say it was just one piece (Toatapio, did you do this? I don't remember making this change).

 

I have no memory of making such a change, but it's certainly likely that it was my fault, considering that the book type-ups came from me. Perhaps I was somehow bothered by the sword being in two pieces? I really have no idea at this point... :notsure:

 

Might've been edited since that's potentially one of Hapka's Nuva/original Toa confusion slipups that made it to print - the key art of the Nuva has Tahu with his magma swords combined into one big sword.


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#322 Offline TuragaNuva

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Posted Feb 25 2019 - 04:33 PM

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So, this is something I've been planning for a long time now. It's taken this long because A) it's just been a decent bit of work, and B) I wanted to hold off on it until more proofreading had been done on the compilation as-is.

 

Anyway, without further ado: the multimedia update! Biological Chronicle Books 1, 2, 5, and 8 now include QR codes - which are also clickable (or tappable on mobile) links - in places where there is a piece of video media that covers the same story as a given passage of text. These links will send you to the video for that scene on Youtube - and these videos have had all typos edited out, and are trimmed down so they fit to canon (the same as the compilation text). This way, readers can read the text version, or watch the video version of scenes that have one. Huge thanks to Peri for sending me the necessary files to run/record the '01 and '02 Flash animations at their original framerate!

 

These QR codes have brackets next to them that indicate the text that they correspond to. If there is not a bracket next to a QR code, then its video corresponds to everything up through the end of the chapter (which usually just means the whole page it's on).

 

Since I'm not sure if everyone will like these, I have made separate versions of Books 1, 2, 5, 8, and the complete collection which don't include these links (on a related note, I've also changed the version lists in the first post to bulleted lists, in an effort to make them more readable).

 

Some other small updates that I've just posted:

  • Fixed a few ellipses in Book 1 and Book 10 that had an extra space in front of them
  • Removed the single-pixel-wide borders (some remnant of the digital conversion process I used) on the left and right of the comic page at the beginning of chapter 13 in Book 1
    • I fixed the alignment of this comic page as well - its top edge was slightly below the top of the page
  • Added missing "End Chapter" to the end of the last of the '05 comics in one version of Book 5 (apologies, I don't remember which version was missing it - but they should all have it now)

 

That's it for now! I hope people like having this new option to view the original video format of some parts of the story.

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed a passage that had been changed in the first chapter of Book 1 (right after "Near it he saw several components lying in the sand"): in the original text, Tahu finds his sword in two pieces, but the compilation text had been modified to say it was just one piece (Toatapio, did you do this? I don't remember making this change).

 

I have no memory of making such a change, but it's certainly likely that it was my fault, considering that the book type-ups came from me. Perhaps I was somehow bothered by the sword being in two pieces? I really have no idea at this point... :notsure:

 

I think I figured it out: if memory serves, I didn't actually use your transcription for the beginning of Tale of the Toa - I used one that I found online elsewhere. Whoever transcribed that one must have made that change. Really sorry for blaming you for it! I'd totally forgotten that I had used a different source for that bit of transcription.


Edited by TuragaNuva, Feb 26 2019 - 08:43 AM.

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#323 Offline ArchAngelleofJustice

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Posted Feb 25 2019 - 07:31 PM

"Two turned out to be blades, shaped into the form of leaping red flames. They fitted together into a sword, the handle sitting comfortably in his clawed hand."
 
I really like this. I understand why it was changed to one sword, but I always liked the idea that Tahu's flame sword was two pieces that fit together. For some reason, that always made sense to me - the actual blade on the Tahu Mata figure's sword looked as though it could be made by overlapping two blades.
 
I realize this is just changing the text back to the original, slightly erroneous version; but I still appreciate it. I kind of like the idea that Tahu's sword is just a hilt that created an actual flame, as shown in MNOG, but if it has to be a physical blade then this level of detail is nice.
 

Regarding Book 2 - and I can't remember if I've brought this up before (forgive me), but I'm a bit confused as to why Le-Koro Liberated! and Last Moment Save! aren't listed directly after the Lewa/Onua fight in the comics. It didn't really bug me when it was all in a shortened text format, but with the QR media I think it would be better if the stories led off from each other. While there's no mention of time passing in the chapter books, Le-Koro Liberated! and Last Moment Save! each imply an entire day/night cycle. It... frustrates me a bit that we currently have the Toa Mata deciding to enter the Bohrok Nest immediately before night falls in Le-Koro Liberated; and then an entire battle takes place in Le-Koro, and then Takua, Jaller and Nuparu somehow have time to reach Ga-Koro, during which time the Toa Mata get a little bit deeper into the Bohrok nest and find the Exo Toa, and then night falls again in Ga-Koro?! The implication that the Toa spend the better part of two days seeking and fighting the Bahrag doesn't line up with what we see in the chapter book.

I think it would be better to, immediately after the comic Lewa/Onua fight, list Le-Koro Liberated, Island Wildlife On The Move, and Last Minute Save in that order (which implies that Takua has traveled from Le-Koro to Ga-Koro in Island Wildlife on the Move). I'll admit that it's somewhat frustrating that Kopaka and Tahu seem to hang around the entrance of the Bohrok Nest for a couple of days, but at least this way it's possible that the Toa are fighting Bohrok and collecting Krana during their travels and while they regroup.
 
In any case, I'm loving the QR code additions. It saves me a little bit of hassle googling those animations, but it also makes it clear that there *are* web animations, which is wonderful.

Edited by ArchAngelleofJustice, Feb 25 2019 - 07:31 PM.

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Posted Feb 26 2019 - 11:56 AM

...oh my.

 

I wasn't expecting this.

 

While I have nothing against the QR codes, the main post looks like a nightmare with all the different editions now. For a new reader, it's probably quite a daunting sight, since they won't have a clear idea on where to click. I really feel sorry for you too, having to keep track of all of them.

 

As for the inclusion of the QR codes, it opens up a plethora of ideas (which is both exciting and terrifying). You could link to games like the MNOG or The Legend Continues, to the promo animations of individual characters, audio tracks and serial podcasts... heck, you could even link to promotional websites or archived versions of bionicle.com.

 

The nice thing about these codes though is that they're relatively unintrusive, just existing on the side without interrupting the reading experience unless the reader really wants to see the associated media. So it's definitely a nifty little addition overall.


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Posted Feb 26 2019 - 12:47 PM

For a new reader, it's probably quite a daunting sight, since they won't have a clear idea on where to click.

 

Seconded. If I might offer a suggestion, maybe the "Standard/Recommended" edition of the complete collection should be at the very top of the list of links, with, "If you're totally new, start here," written underneath it.


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Posted Feb 26 2019 - 01:55 PM

Regarding Book 2 - and I can't remember if I've brought this up before (forgive me), but I'm a bit confused as to why Le-Koro Liberated! and Last Moment Save! aren't listed directly after the Lewa/Onua fight in the comics. It didn't really bug me when it was all in a shortened text format, but with the QR media I think it would be better if the stories led off from each other. While there's no mention of time passing in the chapter books, Le-Koro Liberated! and Last Moment Save! each imply an entire day/night cycle. It... frustrates me a bit that we currently have the Toa Mata deciding to enter the Bohrok Nest immediately before night falls in Le-Koro Liberated; and then an entire battle takes place in Le-Koro, and then Takua, Jaller and Nuparu somehow have time to reach Ga-Koro, during which time the Toa Mata get a little bit deeper into the Bohrok nest and find the Exo Toa, and then night falls again in Ga-Koro?! The implication that the Toa spend the better part of two days seeking and fighting the Bahrag doesn't line up with what we see in the chapter book.

I think it would be better to, immediately after the comic Lewa/Onua fight, list Le-Koro Liberated, Island Wildlife On The Move, and Last Minute Save in that order (which implies that Takua has traveled from Le-Koro to Ga-Koro in Island Wildlife on the Move). I'll admit that it's somewhat frustrating that Kopaka and Tahu seem to hang around the entrance of the Bohrok Nest for a couple of days, but at least this way it's possible that the Toa are fighting Bohrok and collecting Krana during their travels and while they regroup.

This is a good point, thanks! I will look into fixing this ASAP.
 

...oh my.
 
I wasn't expecting this.
 
While I have nothing against the QR codes, the main post looks like a nightmare with all the different editions now. For a new reader, it's probably quite a daunting sight, since they won't have a clear idea on where to click. I really feel sorry for you too, having to keep track of all of them.
 
As for the inclusion of the QR codes, it opens up a plethora of ideas (which is both exciting and terrifying). You could link to games like the MNOG or The Legend Continues, to the promo animations of individual characters, audio tracks and serial podcasts... heck, you could even link to promotional websites or archived versions of bionicle.com.

Ooh, linking to the serial podcasts is something I hadn't thought of... I did consider game links, but I'm not really sure where they would go. I mainly want links to things that correspond directly to chunks of text.
 
 

For a new reader, it's probably quite a daunting sight, since they won't have a clear idea on where to click.

 
Seconded. If I might offer a suggestion, maybe the "Standard/Recommended" edition of the complete collection should be at the very top of the list of links, with, "If you're totally new, start here," written underneath it.


You were both very correct about how messy the first post had gotten, so I've done my best to clean it up. Would really appreciate your feedback!

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Posted Feb 26 2019 - 02:22 PM

 

I did consider game links, but I'm not really sure where they would go.

 

At least for MNOG, the version on Templar's own website would be fitting. For other games, I suppose the Biomedia project would be the best place to link to.

 

The new layout is an improvement. One suggestion though: for those books that do have the QR codes, remove the spaces between the lines. They look a bit inflated with the extra space between the different versions.


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Posted Feb 26 2019 - 02:31 PM

I did consider game links, but I'm not really sure where they would go.

 
At least for MNOG, the version on Templar's own website would be fitting. For other games, I suppose the Biomedia project would be the best place to link to.

Ha, I meant where in the compilation - but I guess it's more the "how" than the "where." I'm not sure how to quickly and cleanly convey to a new reader "this link will send you to a game that you should play a precise amount of before returning here to continue reading the next chapter." With text and short videos, it's easy enough to put a bracket next to the corresponding text, and trim the videos down where needed.
 

The new layout is an improvement. One suggestion though: for those books that do have the QR codes, remove the spaces between the lines. They look a bit inflated with the extra space between the different versions.

I would love to, but unfortunately that's how BZP formats sub-bullets (unless there's something I'm doing wrong). There is no blank line between those, they're just placed really far apart. Do you think it'd be better if they just weren't sub-bullets?

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Posted Feb 26 2019 - 02:40 PM

In that case I think you should get rid of the sub-bullets. Not sure what the alternative should be though...

 

And as for the game links, well, you could just put a link to MNOG at the first MNOG walkthrough chapter. For example. I don't know if linking MNOG would even work that well in the end, I was just making an example of what the QR codes could be used for. :P For other games it's less complicated, since they don't span an entire story year like MNOG does.


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Posted Feb 26 2019 - 09:14 PM

Maybe you could title those chapters to make it easier for fans to play? So the first Takua chapter could be called something like "Mata Nui Online Game: Beach & Ga-Koro" so that fans who want to play can follow along. You'd get some awkwardness at the Kini Nui section though.


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Posted Mar 01 2019 - 11:36 PM

And why don't you just do a gameplay of the game and upload it to YouTube, and patch that YouTube link with the QR Code?
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Posted Mar 02 2019 - 01:32 PM

Ooh, nice work with the multimedia update! Gathered Friends will definitely use those versions from now on.
Speaking of the podcast, here are a couple of issues I found while reading Book 2. Not many this time!

Chapter 3:
"The Toa 'gaped' in amazement"
"Gasped", perhaps?

Wall of History, Last-Moment Save:
"Until the threat of the swarms 'is past'."
Should be "has passed".

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Posted Mar 04 2019 - 08:56 PM

Quick question, sorry if you've answered it before: where did you get the transcriptions for the podcast serials? Did you do them yourself? I just compared a chapter of Destiny War on BS01 to the original audio file and found a large number of transcription errors in the BS01 version. The text in your version already seems to have been corrected, though.


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